More than 300 thousand people immigrate to Canada each year, seeking freedom and opportunity. However, the immigration process can be overwhelming, with tons of paperwork and very little time to get it all done in.

An immigration consultant can not only provide a full range of services to help a prospective newcomer get through the immigration process, but they will tailor the immigration solution to that individual’s need, connecting them with educational and opportunities as they relocate to Canada.

Finding a consultant in good standing

In order for a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) to provide a paid immigration or visa service, they must be registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Every immigration consultant goes through rigorous training and testing before they can assist anyone with legal advice or immigration services. Upon completion of that training, these RCICs receive a unique registration number.

It is important to check an immigration consultant’s registration number, but one should also find out whether or not they are in good standing with the ICCRC. An RCIC may not have paid membership fees or renewed their registration, which could put their status in jeopardy and affect their ability to impact on an immigration matter if they charge you for their services. When you use a representative to help you with your visa application, you will be required to supply your rep’s name and registration number so that the Canadian government can check on their credentials.

If your RCIC works with more than one immigration agency, it is no cause for alarm. However, it is important to double-check that your agent or immigration consultancy is affiliated with the companies they say they are.

Having your documents in order

Canadian immigration officials will ask to see your visa and travel documents and make sure any other accompanying family members have their documents in order as well.

When preparing for the immigration process, it is important to have original documents in order to assure an easier time for your immigration consultant. Birth certificates, marriage certificates, and valid passports, even from the United States, could come into play in obtaining Canadian citizenship.

A medical examination confirmation is also mandatory for Canadian immigration and will be mentioned as part of the services provided. Prospective citizens will also need to provide proof of work experience and funds.

The submission of these documents would typically depend on the situation applicable to them. In the capacity of an immigration consultant, it is important to determine which documents should be at the forefront in helping to expedite the process.